X100S vs Canon 5D Mark III with 35L 1.4
RESULTS: If you haven’t given a guess, please skip the results linked here until you’ve made your best guess…
X100S vs Canon 5D Mark III with 35L 1.4 — can you tell which is which? I will update this page in a couple of days to provide you the answer! For now, please leave a comment below about your best guess or any thoughts you have!
These shown here are at 960 px wide. Or see even further below and download 2048px wide jpeg versions to get a much closer look.
FYI, in an attempt to match the two cameras as closely as possible, I used the following settings to get as close as I could– the Canon was shot at 1/100, f/6.3, and ISO 3200. The X100S was shot at 1/250, f/4, and ISO 3200 (to account for the crop sensor). Both shot with AWB and I tried my best to match the color in Lightroom 5 Beta. I also did some really minor tweaks to exposure (bumped up a little on the X100S because it comes out just a little darker), contrast, saturation, clarity, and a tiny tweak to sharpening/noise reduction to try to match the looks.
If anyone is wondering why I even bothered to do this comparison. It’s for two reasons. One– for fun. Yay! Two–because I’ve been seeing a fair number of people complain and express their disappointment about “smearing” or a “plastic” or “waxy” look to the new X Trans II sensor in the X100S– especially at higher ISOs. Many people may be talking about how the camera converts the RAW image to a jpeg within the camera, if they are shooting jpeg. I think this is a valuable demonstration to show that if you’re not loving that look– then shoot RAW and simply create an import preset in Lightroom to end up with the photos you love, without any kind disappointment. If a $5,000 combination of latest and greatest Canon body, with an infamously beautiful Canon lens that many folks consider their favorite in Canon’s lineup, can go head-to-head with the X100S like this– I think maybe it’s time to stop feeling so disappointed.
Leave your guess and comments below!